Finn hits scoring burst on the road
— Jefferson —
Travelling on the road can bring all sorts of unwanted variables into a sporting event. Typically, teams can be slow to start. That’s exactly what happened to the Herders who responded to a 29-18 halftime deficit, but couldn’t get the win, falling to the Panthers on the road 54-53.
Sophomore Blake Finn led the second half scoring blitz, finishing with 22 points including going 4-of-9 from three-point range and had three steals for Big Timber. Sophomore Kell Schwers was 7-of-13 from the field to score 18 points and went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc for the Herders, who made 9 three pointers in the game.
Jefferson’s Josh Eckmann led with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Noah Fader scored 13 points and five rebounds for the Panthers.
“We came out really flat for the game,” Herders head coach Dan Smart said. “But the kids played hard and kept chipping away at the lead and had a shot at the end to win it.”
The Panthers outscored the Herders 20-16 with points in the paint, but Big Timber netted 18 points with tough rebounding and by creating numerous scoring opportunities, holding Jefferson to just five second-chance points.
Senior Cody Hathaway pounded the boards on both sides of the ball, grabbing nine rebounds and scoring five points to lead Big Timber to outrebound Jefferson 27-24.
“Obviously, we didn’t play as patient as we did the night against Three Forks,” Smart said. “The (5B) conference is pretty tough so far and on any given night, anyone can beat anyone.”
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By Jordan P. Ingram / Yellowstone Newspapers
MACKENZIE REISS / Big Timber Pioneer
Casey Gunlikson makes a grab for the ball during the Heders' game against Three Forks, Jan. 19 at Sweet Grass County High School.